Altair Team Up with Artemis Racing to Design the Difference™ in Foiling Technology for 35th America’s Cup Bid

Altair and Artemis Racing together have applied design and simulation technology to help place Artemis Racing in a position to take it all in the 35th America’s Cup. The design of the daggerboards – foils that lift the boat out of the water to break the drag barrier – will be a critical differentiator between the competing teams as they have a significant impact on a boat’s performance. The Altair and Artemis Racing technical teams have placed a great deal of emphasis on perfecting these composite material structures.

“Technology plays a huge part in the America’s Cup,” said Iain Percy, Team Manager and On-Water Tactician for Artemis Racing. “It’s been said the fastest boat has won the America’s Cup for the last 160 years and I’m not sure that is about to change. The daggerboard is the appendage that we fly the boat off and also transfers side force into driving force. Millimeters of difference make knots of difference so the optimal manufacturing and design of the daggerboard is absolutely critical.”

The teams have focused much of their effort on optimizing the strength, shapes and thicknesses, and how water and wind interact with daggerboards using a simulation-driven design approach. To accomplish this, Artemis Racing used several Altair technologies from the HyperWorks® suite including:

•             HyperMesh® complex composite material finite element model development

•             OptiStruct® for structural analysis and optimization

•             RADIOSS® for nonlinear, large deflection analysis

Two sets of daggerboards were created to withstand the unexpected challenges from mother nature – one pair designed to perform optimally in heavier winds and waves and another for lighter wind and wave conditions – both designed to rapidly lift the boat from the water with minimum drag.

"The technology involved in designing these boats is a critical component to providing a speed edge for the teams vying for the win," said Uwe Schramm, Chief Technology Officer, Altair. “It was an honor to collaborate with the Artemis Racing design team and apply our design and simulation technologies to create a world-class sailing vessel.” to Design the Difference™ in Foiling Technology for 35th America’s Cup Bid

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Monday, May 22, 2017 - 10:45
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